Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-6
|The Life of Oyasama|
|The Shrine of Tsukihi (1837–1838)|
|The Early History of Oyasama (1798–1837)|
|On the Way |
(1838–1852), (1853–1854), (1862–1864)
|The Place for the Service (1864), (1865–1866)|
|The Salvation Service (1866–1882)|
|The Identification of the Jiba |
(1869–1873), (Jan–Nov 1874), (Dec 1874), (1875), (1876–1877)
| Buds Sprout from Knots |
| Parental Love |
(pp. 121–124), (pp. 124–131), (pp. 132–137), (pp. 137–146), (pp. 146–157), (pp. 157–165), (pp. 165–168)
| The Hardships of Oyasama |
(Jan–Jun 1883), (Jul–Dec 1883), (1884), (1885), (Jan–Apr 1886),(May–Dec 1886)
|The Portals Opened |
(Jan 1–11, 1887),
(Jan 12–13, 1887),
(Jan 18–Feb 18, 1887)
Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-6 presents a portion of the contents of Chapter Eight from The Life of Oyasama as published by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The title of the chapter is "Parental Love."
Unlike earlier chapters, Chapter Eight offers little information on Oyasama's life. It mainly functions as a summary of the Ofudesaki.
The content below is equivalent to pages 157 to 165 of the print edition.
Note: The print edition of has been split into seven sections on this wiki due to length of text. The chapter is split as follows:
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-1 (pp. 121–124)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-2 (pp. 124–131)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-3 (pp. 132–137)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-4 (pp. 137–146)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-5 (pp. 146–157)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-6 (pp. 157–165)
- Life of Oyasama Chapter 8-7 (pp. 165–169)
Truth of Origin
Oyasama, hastening the completion of the Service in this way, taught the truth of creation in accordance with the spiritual growth of the followers, in good order, so that they would easily understand the fundamental principles contained in the Service.
Beginning in part three:
Here, for the first time, is recorded the beginning of human creation. Continuing in part four:
Because of the Parent's desire to save all humankind, the creation of human beings and the world is revealed. And in part six, because of the desire to convince followers of the truths of the Service, the truth of creation is traced back to the beginning:
I shall begin to tell you solely of that which had never existed before, and teach you the Service for universal salvation.
Here, the origin of the ten performers of the Service is revealed.
In the beginning, this world was a muddy ocean where only Tsukihi, God the Parent, dwelled. Now God the Parent thought that living alone in such a muddy ocean was indeed tasteless. There, the thought arose: to make creatures called human beings, and by seeing their Joyous Life, God the Parent, also, would rejoice. Then God observed the muddy ocean carefully and first discovered a fish and a serpent. Drawing them forth, God discerned their single-heartedness. Then God obtained their consent to be used for human creation and received them, promising that when the years equal to the number of their first-born had elapsed, God would bring them back to the place of conception, the Residence of Origin, where they would be adored by their posterity, and thus received them.
Further, discovering other creatures usable as instruments, God called them forth, one after another, and after obtaining consent from each, received them and, after consuming them to test the flavor of their minds, used them as instruments and models, and proceeded to create human beings. Then, according to the principle of their functions, God gave to each a sacred name.
An orc was put into the fish, and God entered the fish as the spirit of the Moon. This became the model of man, the seed. A turtle was put into the serpent, and God entered the serpent as the spirit of the Sun. This became the model of woman, the seedplot. Then God consumed all the loaches in the muddy ocean and, after testing the flavors of their nature, used them as seeds and, in three days and three nights, at the Jiba of Origin, seeded nine hundred million, ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine children. The mother, after staying at the Residence of Origin for three years and three months, gave birth to all of the children in seventy-five days. These first children were half an inch (5 bu) tall. But they grew taller gradually and, in ninety-nine years, reached a height of three inches (3 sun). After being reborn twice, they grew to three and a half inches (3 sun 5 bu), then to four inches (4 sun). Then they all passed away for rebirth.
Afterward, by the providence of God the Parent, the children were reborn eight thousand and eight times as worms, birds, and beasts. Then they all passed away for rebirth again, except for a she-monkey. She conceived ten human beings at a time, five male and five female, who were born half an inch tall and grew gradually to eight inches (8 sun), to one foot and eight inches (1 shaku 8 sun), and to three feet (3 shaku). During their growth, the muddy ocean began to develop highs and lows, beginning formation. By the time the children grew to be humans five feet (5 shaku) tall, the earth and the heavens, mountains and oceans, everything was complete. The sun and the moon shone brightly in the sky, and the humans, who had swum around in the ocean in search of food, went onto the nearest land to dwell. The nine hundred million and ninety thousand years of life until then were spent in the water.
After going onto land, they received training in wisdom for six thousand years and in letters for three thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine years. Then the promised time arrived and the day to reveal the truth of creation dawned. Thus, God taught the reason for beginning the final teaching.
Thus, the soul of the Parent who teaches, is the soul of the mother in human creation, and this place is the Residence of human origin. God the Parent, discerning these affinities to the origin to be true, waited until the fulfillment of the promised time and became openly revealed in this world for the first time. Thus, God taught the fundamental principle for beginning the final teaching for world salvation.
In part eleven, using the truth of creation as the basis, God reveals in greater detail the reasons for beginning the path of world salvation at this time.
In the Residence of Origin, now known as the Nakayama Residence, located in Shoyashiki Village, Yamabe County, Yamato Province, reside those who are charged with the performance of the Service by virtue of their souls. After making certain of this truth, God the Parent descended to train them in all matters.
Continuing in part twelve:
Thus, calling up the sacred names of the instruments in creation, God indicated to certain individuals in the Residence their connection with the truths to be symbolized in the Service.
In part fourteen:
Disclosing that the Joyous Life is indeed the true aim for which this human world was created, God continues in part sixteen:
The addition of the word "venerable" to the sacred names of Tsukihi, God the Parent, indicates the difference in principle between Tsukihi and the instruments of creation. We can see another example of the warm concern in the parental heart by the way God teaches that Tsukihi is indeed the true Parent.